The Michigan men's crew team, Ann Arbor Huron and Pioneer, and the Ann Arbor Rowing Club all row on the same strip of water that is made possible by a dam at the top of the river. If you are driving on M-14 off of South Main Street, you actually cross that stretch.
Anyhow, there has been a debate about whether or not the dam should be removed for ecological benefits or if it should remain and allow all of the rowing teams to function while also allowing the locals to go out and fish and canoe. Many as well run around this stretch of water as a nice path was built.
The arguments most say is that it would bring back the ecosystem to where it used to be, but with three other dams along the entire river, the effect would be minimal, and with all of the sediment buildup (it is very shallow at points), it could turn into a boggy mess.
The women's team trains at their boathouse which is 20-30 minutes away, and since the men's team isn't funded and completely relies on walk-ons, having a boathouse within running distance helps keep freshman on the team when they don't have vehicles. Not to mention saves on gas going to and from practice.
All I am asking, as a former member, is to take the link and vote to fix up the dam instead of destroying it. The costs are about the same from what I have heard, and if built up correctly, U of M engineers could use this to study as an alternate energy source.
Plus read some of these posts. I really didn't know people could get this angry about the alleged damage to the river, but it's a reality. There still are fish jumping out of the water, and there still is a strong current that flows.
Please show support for one of Michigan's club teams. We need it.